Health Benefits of Regular Matcha Green Tea Consumption
The history and cultivation of matcha green tea is exciting, but what matters most to most drinkers is its health-boosting effects. If you’re not taking matcha green tea regularly yet, you’re trailing behind the times!
Below are the key health benefits of this wonder drink:
The most notable catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), whose anti-carcinogenic properties are established. According to a 2003 University of Colorado study, 1 cup of matcha green tea contains up to 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than there are in a cup of the typical green tea.
The Okinawans of Japan are some of the world’s oldest people living today. Their longevity has been attributed in part to habitual consumption of matcha green tea. While matcha green tea is already the most popular green tea in Japan, it is quickly becoming more popular around the world, thanks to its neutralizing effects on inflammation, oxidation, and aging.
LDL”BAD” Cholesterol Reduction
A 2011 study, with results explained in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, proved that matcha green tea and other green tea variants or extracts, notably reduce the body’s LDL or bad cholesterol levels when taken regularly.
In a 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, catechin-abundant green tea extracts were found to possess thermogenic and fat oxidation powers beyond what the beverage’ caffeine content could explain. More specificially, researchers found that drinking green tea jacked up thermogenesis, the rate at which the body burns calories, from 8-10% to 35-43%.
In yet another study, it was shown that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea burns 25% more fat by the end of the exercise. Moreover, in both studies, it is hinted that matcha green tea enhances not only the body’s fat-burning rate but its resting metabolic rate as well!
Being grown in the shade, matcha has more chlorophyll than other kinds of green tea. Aside form lending leaves their green color, chlorophyll can also rid the body of a whole range of toxins and hormone disrupters.
Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times the amount of L-theanine, a stress-busting amino acid, found in conventional green tea. This means the drink can encourage focus and clarity of mind sans the jittery effects that coffee is known to produce.
Lastly, matcha green tea leaves contain rich stores of easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which is popular for its ability to prevent constipation and stabilize blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits are many, but mainly, it works to promote healthy bowel movement and stabilize blood sugar levels in the body.
Who knows what other matcha tea benefits there are? It’s great that you can now buy it in various convenient forms nowadays, although the most popular is still the organic matcha powder. You can even get a matcha tea set for a fuller experience. Don’t forget to get a nice matcha whisk that does the job perfectly. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.